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Adding Texture to Your Layouts
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Customer Muses: Would you like to share your own Life Muse with our readers? To have your own essay considered for publication as a muse in the column for our special Saturday newsletter, send your essay to [email protected]. If your essay is selected, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.
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Here are some great quotes from things I've been reading recently. I hope they are useful to you.
"Don't abandon your post. In time the Lord will allow all things to work out for your good." - Carl C. Cook
"As important as it is to learn Heavenly Father's plan for your lives, we sometimes get so caught up [wanting] to know every detail start to finish, that we become afraid to act. Don't fall into this trap. Make good choices using your best judgment and move forward with your life. We are blessed to make choices. Don't be afraid to make choices because you are afraid of making mistakes. Don't be afraid to try new things. In doing so, you will find joy in the journey." - Carl C. Cook
"Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustment will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all." - Norman Vincent Peale
"Addressing the problem, and then taking this second step to fix the cause of the problem, distinguishes the people who are in control from the people who are not in control - the successful from the unsuccessful." - Sam Carpenter in Work the System
"Admit it. You ain't perfect." - Ross Shafer in Nobody Moved Your Cheese
"Tough times hit everybody. Truly successful people expect it but keep getting out of bed. I have undying respect for anybody who has survived and thrived after having been wiped out by illness, divorce, or other natural disasters." - Ross Shafer in Nobody Moved Your Cheese
"The best way to achieve more is to do less. Less is more when we concentrate on the few things that are truly important, not the least of which is happiness for ourselves and our loved ones." - Richard Koch in Living the 80/20 Way
"Worry is never useful. When we find ourselves worrying, we should either act and not worry, or decide not to act and not worry. If we can act to avoid a bad fate or reduce its chance of happening - and the action is worthwhile - then we should act and not worry. If, on the other hand, we can't control or influence what will happen, then worrying will cause us distress but not help us; we should not act and not worry. Worries will always arise but we can do without them, instantly deciding to act or not act, but in either case not to worry." - Richard Koch in Living the 80/20 Way
Muse: To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation. Not intended to solve the world's problems, another person's problems, or to cover topics completely. One does not have to agree with musings to enjoy them, just as one does not have to be the same as someone else to appreciate who they are.
Would you like to earn a $20 Gift Certificate? Send your own muse to [email protected]. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!
Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)
The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).
With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:
February's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Kim Meeder
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Kim Meeder
using February's Scrap Girls Club
How to Use ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots to Add Texture to Your Layouts
Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Windows 7
The series of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots are a cool way of adding texture to your digital scrapbooking layouts. The quickest and easiest way to use an Embossy Boots template is to recolor it to match your layout. Let me show you how I use them.
First, open your chosen template. I am working here with one from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Floral Collection One.
Recolor the template to match your layout: Image> Adjustments> Hue/Saturation (or simply Ctrl+U). Check the "Colorize" button, then use the Saturation and Lightness sliders to get the desired effect.
Try recoloring with a gradient:
Open your chosen Embossy Boots template. I've used one from ScrapSimple Templates: Embossy Boots Making Waves.
Open a new layer on top of the template, color it with a gradient fill, and then change the Blending Mode of this new layer to "Overlay."
Use your template to create texture on a patterned paper:
Open your selected paper and drag and drop an Embossy Boots template onto it to create a second layer. Use Blending Modes on the top layer to create a completely new look to your paper. The following example shows the effects achieved by using these Blending Modes:
Use your template to add texture to a photograph:
In this example, I have used a template from the ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Basics Collection to add a canvas texture by simply dropping the template on top of the photo and changing its Blending Mode to Overlay (100%).
The layout below uses the Swiss Dots template from ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Basics Collection One, over which I have placed a gradient overlay.
I am sure you will find many other ways to use these versatile templates. I'd love for you to share the results of your experiments in the Scrap Girls Gallery. Have fun!
Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Embossy Boots Basics Collection One, ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Midwinter and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks Ice Crystals are also available.
Article written by Jan Ransley
Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! - Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
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Commercial license versions of Military: In the Navy Collection Mini are also available.
Today's freebie designed by Jen Reed
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ScrapSimple Club Chat
Monday, February 20th - 6:00PM MST
Join Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room to discuss this month's ScrapSimple Club offering. Make sure to post your layouts in the ScrapSimple Club Members Gallery and you may see your layout featured in the Scrap Girls Newsletter.
East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, February 22nd - 10:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On February 22nd, we'll do a White Space Challenge! Create a layout using white space. This "negative" or blank space guides the eye to the important areas of your page. Remember, it certainly doesn't have to be the color white! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
February's Message Board Game: Posting Contest!
February is Posting Contest time on the Scrap Girls Forums! You can win a Scrap Girls Gift Certificate by simply being chatty in the Scrap Girls Forums and Gallery. This contest will run from February 1st when we post the thread until 11:59pm MT on February 29th.
To enter the Scrap Girls Forum Posting Contest, you MUST reply in the Posting Contest Thread with your CURRENT post count. Your post count is the number under your avatar that shows when you post. (NOTE: The number found on your profile is a number which is calculated differently.) During the month, post your fingers off! At Midnight on February 29th, we will calculate your post count based on the numbers posted in the game thread.
For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
February Monthly Layout Contest: This February we have a Leap Year Day. For this month's contest, we want you to scrap about what makes you "Leap for Joy." Let us know in your journaling why you leap for joy. Post your layouts in the February Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on February 29th. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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